Take it to the Max - Astel+Kern plus some custom in ear monitors, membership to HDTracks - that's the way to go.
Astell & Kern AK240 - MP3 & PMP??? - ?? - ?? - ????? Price.com.hk
I have actually heard these previous flagship AK240 at HK$19,000 with jh roxanne, it was very good, but as it was a noisy restaurant, i could not hear finesse or that much of the clarity or subtlety
I can't remember the model of A+K, I only saw it in the shop window at the WCC (store beside Lets Go). I do remember the price tag was $25k+. Kinda crazy coin to pay for a "Walkman". Don't forget the gold ear monitor cables which can also set you back another $10k. So for a cool $52k you can have a top of line portable system.
I've not heard the A+K before. I've heard some HD tracks through a Hi-Fi Man unit at the last audio show and they sounded pretty sweet. With A+K, I think some of the cost is going into the solid aluminium casing more than anything inside the machine.
Hifi man was renowned to no compromise, probably very clunky to use , not user friendly, so not very polished product even though it sounded sweet
Have you heard the AK Junior? I wonder how this compares to an iPhone with ALAC files. All my music is ripped from CDs so no real hi res stuff. Not sure if these hi-res players are the way to go even for CD quality.
Results, flac on smart phones was good, but not impressive, even very Sony nwz-x1050 was almost on par playing 320kHz with flac, the Sony nwz-f886 was much better than all of them at flac, I think mobile phone don't have the dedicated dac or dedicated amplification which makes the dedicated audio player much better than a phone
The difference between all phones was that great overall, ok at best
It's also noted I listened kef flagship speakers (all at hkd700k), with cd player, pre amplifier and power amplifier, the CD sound far surpassed any flac compatible players (so far only a hkd25k), system) I listened, it was unbelievable
How about this?
SanDisk Clip Sport 8 GB MP3 Player - Yellow: Amazon.co.uk: Audio & HiFi
It's small, very cheap, supports lossless audio and sd card expansion. I have the old model (Sansa Clip and it's still going strong after 5+ years)
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